Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana

Sponsored by Richard Solloway

Dir. Gabrielle Zilkha
(84 min, CanadaGhanaUnited States, 2016)
English Twi Sefwi with English subtitles
Documentary
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

When Gabrielle Zilkha, a Canadian filmmaker working in Accra, Ghana, gets a call from her mother telling her that she’s found Jewish people to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with, Zilkha sets off to find the tiny but vibrant Sefwi Jewish community.

Filming for five years, she observes this small African Jewish community, and through this warm, personal, and often humorous documentary, offers a fascinating investigation of identity and connection − shedding light on what it means to belong to the Jewish people.

Co-presented by AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington Canada Institute the Foundation for Jewish Studies

Screenings

Saturday, May 20, 12:15 pm
Pre-Sale Only*
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

Monday, May 22, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

*Saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Preview
Guests

Saturday, May 20 screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha.

Gabrielle Zilkha Gabrielle Zilkha is an award-winning film director and producer with experience in scripted, documentary, multi-media, and interactive storytelling. Raised in a funny and neurotic family from Montreal, Canada, Gabrielle’s approach to writing and directing combines humor, fearless imagination and insightful commentary about the world we live in. Her career has always married creativity and a healthy dose of social responsibility. With The Spotlight Project (a prodiuction company she co-founded) Zilkha produced, directed and wrote the unique interactive documentary video installation, I Worry, in 2011. Her films and transmedia projects have been screened and exhibited around the globe and covered by media outlets such as CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Jewish News, and Indiewire. Most recently, her short film Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny was shortlisted for the Iris Prize, the world’s most prestigious LGBT short film award and has gone on to win audience and jury awards around the globe. When she’s not making films about Jews, bunnies or anxiety, Gabrielle channels her passion for storytelling into her work with POV 3rd Street, an organization dedicated to helping youth who face barriers to employment break into the media industry.

Tickets

Ticket sales are now open for the general public. Please note that day-of ticket sales are only available at the door (space permitting). An on-site Box Office will open one hour prior to the start of the first screening at that venue. If an event sells out, there will be a Rush Line and tickets will be released if they become available. All Saturday daytime screenings are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. If you need help using our online ticketing system please view our Step-By-Step guide or fill out the Website Support Request Form if you have an inquiry.

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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 23, 2017.